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Greek, Turkish Jets Crash
« on: May 23, 2006, 08:59:17 AM »
Kind of long, but so far it seems at least one of the pilots involved is in need of our prayers....

Lord have mercy on this pilot, and potentially the whole situation!

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/05/23/greece.crash/index.html

Greek, Turkish fighter jets crash

ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- Two fighter jets, one Greek and the other Turkish, collided in mid-air Tuesday over international waters in the southern Aegean Sea, according to the Greek and Turkish government officials.

A Turkish government official said a Turkish pilot was pulled from the water alive, but Greek officials said their Coast Guard ships and helicopters were still searching for their pilot.

The Greek F-16 had been dispatched to intercept the Turkish jet because it had violated Greek airspace, according to the Greek Defense Ministry.

Both fighter jets were maneuvering around each other in a mock dogfight when the crash happened around 1 p.m. (6 a.m. ET) about 12 miles east of the Greek island of Karpathos, the ministry said. (Click here to see map of area)

The pilot of an EgyptAir commercial jet witnessed the incident while on a flight to Cairo, a Greek Defense Ministry official said.

The collision highlights an ongoing dispute between Greece and Turkey, both members of NATO, over the boundaries between their airspace and territorial waters.

Archrivals Greece and Turkey regularly criticize each other for causing mock fights between warplanes over the Aegean sea.

Greece's defense ministry says it daily scrambles several fighter jets to intercept Turkish jets that it claims have invaded its airspace.

The two countries, who came close to war as recently as 1996, have considerably improved ties but have not resolved territorial disputes in the Aegean Sea and over the divided island of Cyprus

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Offline Kapitanios Michalis

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Re: Greek, Turkish Jets Crash
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2006, 05:53:25 PM »
While the Greek pilot is presumed dead, let us pray for peace in the region.  Lord have mercy!

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Re: Greek, Turkish Jets Crash
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2006, 06:12:58 PM »
The Lord grant Peace from above.
And I pray these boys would just grow up. It's like the childhood game of holding your finger just away from your sibling's face and saying "I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you!"
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